Fellowship Baptists from around the country (and world!) gathered in North Carolina last week to worship, to connect, to learn, and to tend to the business of the CBF movement. If you couldn't make it this year, here's a re-cap:
*The Task Force Implementation Team's work over the last year came to fruition as new leadership structures and related changes to the CBF constitution & by-laws were unanimously approved.
*Workshops on a wide array of topics gave participants strategies for holding theological conversations, preparing to serve the world, reaching out to those who might want to join our movement, and extending pastoral care to members of the local church.
*The gathered body celebrated both the outgoing and the incoming as faithful servants like George Pickle, retiring CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Specialist, were recognized and new Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter had her first live opportunity to address the assembly. New field personnel, church planters, and chaplains and pastoral counselors were also commissioned.
*Baptist Women in Ministry looked back at thirty years of advocacy and support and noted the work still to be done to allow women opportunities to use fully their gifts in Christian service. Over 1200 people - an overflow crowd - thanked and petitioned God at the anniversary worship service.
*Jim Dant of Faithlab led the KBF State Meeting in various prayer experiences helping us to calm ourselves among the busyness of General Assembly.
*Josh Speight and Paula Settle presented in the Mission Community Breakout focused on poverty and transformation. Josh discussed the work KBF leads in McCreary County regarding Extreme Build, while Paula talked about her ongoing work in Nada and Owsley County.
If you weren't able to make it to Greensboro, mark your calendars now for next year's General Assembly, which will be June 25-27 in Atlanta.